“Game-Changing” Design, New Z-Wave Chip Lead List of New-Product Highlights
LAKE FOREST, CA (September 9, 2016) – Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware and Home Improvement Division, will showcase an exciting lineup of new residential lock products at CEDIA 2016, September 14-17 in Dallas.
All of the featured locks offer new levels of security and convenience, as well as emphasizing Kwikset’s commitment to style and design. What’s more, they all feature the new Z-Wave™ 500 Series chip, which comes with a number of enhancements including extended wireless range and wireless security features that completely remove the vulnerability of the network during enrollment.
The four new products to be shown include:
- Obsidian, A visually striking, low-profile touchscreen electronic deadbolt delivering “game changing” design; Kwikset’s first keywayless deadbolt.
- Kwikset Convert (Z-Wave Smart Lock Conversion Kit), which will turn mechanical locks – even non-Kwikset locks – into smart, electronic locks.
- Contemporary Versions of Kwikset’s highly popular SmartCode 914 and 916 Deadbolts.
The introduction of Obsidian makes a strong statement about Kwikset’s commitment to security as well as modern design. Obsidian delivers a sleek, modern lock with technologically advanced residential protection that is expected to be a design “game changer.” The lock merges a sleek and modern exterior; a class-leading, minimal, all-metal interior; and advanced mechanical and electronic security features. The removal of the keyway also takes away the threat of “lock picking” and “lock bumping,” attacks using specially cut keys to defeat conventional pin and tumbler locks.
In the unlikely event the four AA batteries run out of power, backup power can be supplied via a 9V battery by touching terminals that are concealed so as not to detract from the contemporary appearance.Obsidian also includes Kwikset’s patented SecureScreen™ technology, an important feature that can help mask "smudge" attacks, in which passcodes can potentially be jeopardized by detecting frequently used numbers from the oily residues on the touchscreen surface.
Kwikset Convert (Z-Wave™ Smart Lock Conversion Kit) brings the convenience of keyless entry and home automation to new consumer audiences. The new kit will appeal to:
- Design-driven homeowners who want a smarter lock but want to maintain the style of the front door or match the current handleset, and don’t want to change the existing deadbolt.
- Condominium owners whose Homeowners Associations place restrictions on changes in exterior door hardware but who still desire the convenience of home automation.
- Renters who want a smart-lock option but are not allowed to make exterior lock changes.
In conjunction with any one of a wide variety of Z-Wave-based home automation systems, the new Conversion Kit utilizes the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. As a result, users will be capable of remotely accessing and controlling the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet-connected device.
Available in Brass, Venetian Bronze, and Satin Nickel, the traditional style of the Kwikset Convert (Z-Wave Smart Lock Conversion Kit) will complement the décor of most homes. The unit, which is simple to install and features a small, all-metal interior, is placed over the existing interior mechanism using the included adapters. The interior piece can be removed and used on other mechanical locks, making it an economical security upgrade. The kit can be used on Kwikset®, Baldwin®, Weiser® and Schlage® products.
CONTEMPORARY SMARTCODE 914 & 916
Kwikset has also addressed the needs of style-conscious consumers with contemporary versions of the company’s traditional deadbolts, the SmartCodeÔ 914 Touchpad Electronic Deadbolt and SmartCodeÔ 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt. These modern versions of the industry’s leading wireless, access control locks with Kwikset’s Home ConnectÔ technology integrate with home security and automation systems to deliver convenience and peace of mind to homeowners with remote locking/unlocking via smartphones and tablets.
Obsidian will be available in January 2017, while Kwikset Convert will be available in December 2016. The contemporary versions of SmartCode 914 and SmartCode 916 will be available in February 2017. Pricing has not yet been determined on either Obsidian or Kwikset Convert. Cost of the new SmartCode 914 is $229, while the SmartCode 916 will sell for $249.
All four products will be available for viewing and demos at the Kwikset Booth within the Z-Wave Pavilion (Booth #1910). Obsidian and Kwikset Convert can also be seen in the Control4 Booth (#4116), which will also feature the Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect with industry-leading, all metal interior.
Kwikset (www.kwikset.com), the leader in residential security, manufactures and markets a complete line of door locks and door hardware, including door knobs, door levers, deadbolts, handlesets, pocket door hardware and electronic keyless entry locks for residential and light commercial applications. Kwikset’s SmartCode™ locks with Home Connect™ technology are the industry’s leading wireless, access control lock solution for the smart home.
Kwikset is part of Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI), a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. HHI is a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Stanley®, FANAL®, Pfister™ and EZSET®.
HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders’ hardware (Stanley-National Hardware), #2 in Mexico residential hardware (Fanal), and #3 in U.S. retail plumbing (Pfister). Headquartered in Orange County, California, HHI has a global sales force and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia. HHI is a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB).
About Spectrum Brands
Spectrum Brands is a global, diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and plumbing, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, personal insect repellents, and auto care products. Spectrum Brands employs over 15,000 employees worldwide and sells to the top 25 global retailers with products in more than one million stores representing 160 countries.